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Ernest WrightBy Ernest Wright
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Ernest WrightBy Ernest Wright
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About

The majority of the world’s population has no access to quality neurosurgical care. A combination of birth defects, diseases, and accidents create a pressing need for neurosurgery throughout the developing world. Head trauma, brain swelling due to meningitis, and spina bifida are common and often fatal if left untreated. Adults and children die needlessly every day because there is no trained surgeon on hand to perform basic, lifesaving neurosurgical procedures. 

 The international aid community has largely foregone investing in the advancement of surgical specialties such as neurosurgery, based on the argument that many more lives can be saved through projects targeting communicable diseases that affect many at once. It is undeniable that for a dollar spent, more lives stand to be saved by investing in these large scale projects. However, training a single surgeon to perform basic neurosurgical procedures stands to save thousands of lives over the course of a surgeon’s career. 

At the beginning of this year, an American team of neurosurgeons, physician assistants, nurses, and equipment specialists banded together to travel abroad with the objective of educating surgeons in developing countries to perform the most basic and in-demand neurosurgical procedures. The images shared above are from our inaugural trip to Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania with a single neurosurgical unit serving a population of nearly one million people, where we worked with a group of general surgeons and nurses to improve neurosurgical care. 

Each mission trip requires a diverse group of staff, all of whom pay for the cost of travel and living expenses out of pocket. In order to make these trips sustainable, all of the proceeds from your purchase will be used to help offset these expenses. Since many sources of institutional support are not open to surgical initiatives in the developing world, we are entirely dependent on the generosity of individuals to fund our endeavors. We ask you to join us in our educational efforts to bring neurosurgery to patients throughout the developing world. 

Please note that as per Kickstarter rules, we are not fundraising for any particular charity.

Risks and challenges

The challenges of performing and teaching neurosurgery in the developing world are myriad. During our time in Zanzibar, we encountered shortages of bottled oxygen required for anesthesia as well as running water when hospital well ran dry.

Fortunately, the delivery of photographic prints is much more straightforward. We have selected a renowned photo laboratory which produces beautiful prints on Kodak metallic paper with short turnaround times. We are confident that the prints will be in your hands by the third week of December.

While we would like to deliver the coffee table book in December, there is a chance that the book may not be in your hands until January depending on the turnaround time at the publisher. We will still strive to have the book to you before Christmas, but cannot guarantee that this will be the case so we have made the official delivery date January of 2016.

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    8x10 archival fine art print on Kodak Metallic Endura paper. You may choose any of the portraits from the above video (by referencing the time in the video at which your desired portrait appears).

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    Signed, inscribed, and numbered 11x17 archival fine art print on Kodak Metallic Endura paper. You may choose any of the portraits from the above video (by referencing the time in the video at which your desired portrait appears).

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    Signed, inscribed, and numbered 16x20 archival fine art print on Kodak Metallic Endura paper. You may choose any of the portraits from the above video (by referencing the time in the video at which your desired portrait appears).

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    Archival quality 11x13 hardcover coffee table book featuring all of the photographs printed on 140lb proline pearl photo paper documenting the mission to Zanzibar, as well as a signed introductory page thanking you for your generous contribution.

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